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Waking and the Imagination

I’m not a fan of human physiology. Given a Cartesian outlook toward life, I’d rather not think about or acknowledge my physicality even exists. Yet there it is, influencing my daily affairs in ways I don’t comprehend. The physicality of … Continue reading

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Nothing Matters in Government

At 11:21 p.m. yesterday the U.S. Senate Finance Committee voted to pass a tax reform bill on a partisan vote, according to Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia). Note well, it was during the dark of night. No Congressional Budget Office scoring, … Continue reading

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Armistice Day at Home

Most of Armistice Day was at home. The forecast had been rain, however, a clear fall day unfolded and I planted garlic. Pushing cloves into the ground with my thumb and index finger, I made two rows and covered them … Continue reading

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Solon Council is Iowa Nice

The president of the Gallery Acres West home owners association invited me to attend Wednesday’s city council meeting and I did. I was amazed. It was amazing that council gave such thoughtful and considerate deliberation to a request by the … Continue reading

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Political Engagement and the City Elections

Never mistake absence of political noise for lack of a campaign. In both Solon and West Branch, the number of write-in votes in yesterday’s city elections was substantial. West Branch write-ins may make a difference in the outcome of one … Continue reading

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Public Health and Drinking Water

My reaction to the Nov. 1 Solon City Council meeting was amazement. I was amazed at how helpful council was being — a living demonstration of being good neighbors and Iowa nice. Gallery Acres West requested a hook up to … Continue reading

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Arsenic in the Water

Water is life. We take its quality for granted if the source is a public water system. Consumers rely on drinking water standards developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and enforced by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Where … Continue reading

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